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Managing Organic Materials at Home            

Residents are often looking for ways to reduce the amount of organic materials, including yard materials and food scraps, they put out for collection. Following are some easy solutions for managing all of your organic materials at home!

Composting Yard Materials

Compost is a dark, crumbly, and earthy-smelling form of decomposing matter that improves your soil and the plants growing in it. Decomposition and recycling of organics are an essential part of soil building and healthy plant growth in forests, meadows and your home garden. By using compost, you return organic matter to the soil, improving plant growth by adding essential nutrients to any soil. Composting helps suppress plant diseases and pests, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.

Follow these four steps to start your own home composting system and gain the benefits of nature’s recycling program!

Step 1: Choosing Your Compost System
Step 2: Collecting Materials To Compost
Step 3: Troubleshooting Some Common Composting Problems
Step 4: Using Your Finished Compost

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Composting Food Scraps

Due to problems with rodents and other animals, the Baltimore County Code prohibits composting of food scraps in compost piles or bins. As a result, many residents are left asking the question, "How can I reduce the volume of food scraps going out with my trash each week?"

The two options available to residents are vermicomposting and soil incorporation. Choose from the links that follow to learn more about which option is right for you. Either way, you will be making a difference by keeping your food scraps out of the trash!

Vermicomposting offers County residents a beneficial and legal way to compost food scraps, help the environment, and create a valuable byproduct for use in gardens and houseplants.

Soil incorporation provides a very simple, legal alternative for County residents to compost small amounts of food scraps.

Grasscycling and Leafcycling

Grasscycling is the practice of cutting your grass and allowing the clippings to lie on the lawn, rather than bagging this material.

Leafcycling is the practice of mowing fallen leaves on your lawn and allowing them to decompose over time.

Revised May 9, 2014

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